2000-07-01 / Letters

Zip It, Howie

Dear Editor;

It is misleading and unfortunate that The Wave (via Howard Schwach) chose to represent Broad Channel’s getting its own postal designation as a "snob" issue, especially since our town still shares its zip code with Rockaway Beach. There are real and compelling reasons for the change; snobbery is not one of them.

I wrote to Congressman Weiner on behalf of myself and all Access-A-Ride and ambulette users. Since AAR and ambulette companies use the postal designations for their addresses, and addresses for this area are printed as "Rockaway" on drivers’ route sheets, drivers of these vehicles were going to Rockaway looking for our addresses. I personally waited many hours while drivers were in Rockaway looking for my house.

As you know, AAR and ambulettes are for the frail elderly, of which Broad Channel has a substantial number, and the ill and the disabled. Long waits for these vehicles by these populations are extremely difficult and can be quite dangerous, especially in very cold or hot weather, or when the user is being transported for dialysis, chemotherapy, or other vital medical care.

It is a fact that most of the people in Broad Channel do their food shopping, banking, etc., in Rockaway, as I am sure your research can easily prove. It is also a fact that the old postal designation created quite a problem for others and myself. If it were simply a snob issue, do you honestly think any change would have been made at all?


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